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A new school is built in Nigeria

Friday 27 August 2010

Teleri Jardine
Teleri Jardine from Northampton

From BBC Northampton:

A new school is built in Nigeria

A Northamptonshire woman has raised enough money to build a school in Nigeria despite suffering from ME.

Teleri Jardine from Northampton has ME also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

It's an overwhelming and continuing tiredness that affects the everyday life of a sufferer.

"When I was diagnosed with ME I felt lost and lifeless. That's when I wanted to travel to a developing country and see how they lived, even though they were worse off than me," said Teleri.

She moved to Nigeria for 18 months and found comfort in those living a different life to hers.

"My ME eased and now I look at life so much more differently. We're really lucky over here in the UK and I wanted to give something back," she said.

Locals in the village of Kagoro, Nigeria, were struggling to give their children a good education and really needed a new school.

Transection of the gut wall
Some of the people who have
helped to build the school

"They had been trying to build a school, but simply couldn't afford it. So I came back to the UK and made an appeal to raise the money," said Teleri.

Teleri, along with help from other volunteers, raised a total of £17,000.

"Our aim was to raise £12,000 but we completely beat that. One company donated £6,000 so our cause was well supported," said Teleri.

The school will be completed and open on 25 September 2010.

"I've always been interested in travelling and learning more about different cultures. Nigeria is such a lovely country, now I plan on living there indefinitely," she said.

The above originally appeared here.



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